empathetic

[em-puh-thet-ik]
adjective
of, pertaining to, or characterized by empathy: a sensitive, empathetic school counselor.
Also, empathic [em-path-ik] .


Origin:
1930–35; empath(y) + -etic

empathetically, empathically, adverb
nonempathic, adjective
nonempathically, adverb

empathetic, sympathetic, simpatico.
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empathic or empathetic (ɛmˈpæθɪk, ˌɛmpəˈθɛtɪk)
 
adj
of or relating to empathy
 
empathetic or empathetic
 
adj
 
empathically or empathetic
 
adv
 
empathetically or empathetic
 
adv

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Word Origin & History

empathic
1909, from empathy + -ic. Related: Empathically.

empathetic
1932, in psychology, from empathy on model of sympathetic and to distinguish it from empathic. Related: Empathetically.
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Example sentences
Given our own abhorrence toward importation from any countries of drugs, one would presume some empathic understanding.
It could be that, compared to other professions, the people that gravitate to
  healthcare tend to be less empathic.
They also noticed that empathic brain systems took an average of six to eight
  seconds to start up.
There has been an empathic feeling, as there always is in the presence of great
  vocalism.
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